Coordinated Family Dispute Resolution: Findings and future directions

Coordinated Family Dispute Resolution: Findings and future directions

Rae Kaspiew, Max Lewington, Angela Lynch and Rachael Field

This webinar examined learnings from the Coordinated Family Dispute Resolution pilot, applied in parenting cases with a history of family violence.

This webinar was held on 29 October 2013.

Coordinated Family Dispute Resolution (CFDR) was a pilot program applied in parenting cases where there was a history of family violence. The evaluation of the pilot, conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, highlighted a number of challenges arising in the context of multi-disciplinary, multi-agency practice with a complex client group.

In this webinar, Rae Kaspiew, Max Lewington, Angela Lynch and Rachael Field examined learnings for practice from the empirical evaluation evidence. The webinar also addressed justifications for the CFDR model, and whether there is an ongoing need for it in the family law system. Practical ideas that can be transferred from a CFDR environment to be implemented in family dispute resolution more generally were also explored.

About the presenters

Dr Rae Kaspiew is a socio-legal researcher with particular expertise in family law and family violence. Rae manages the family law research program at the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Max Lewington

Max Lewington has been Solicitor in Charge of the Dispute Resolution Program at Legal Aid WA between 2006 - 2013. He was responsible for managing the Coordinated Family Dispute Resolution Pilot in Western Australia. In addition to managing the CFDR Pilot, Max has overseen Legal Aid's legally assisted Family Dispute Resolution Program and has been operational manager for the Signs of Safety Pre-hearing Conference program in partnership with the Department for Child Protection & Family Support (WA) and the Perth Children's Court, providing a facilitated mediation process in child protection cases.

Angela Lynch

Angela Lynch is a legal reform lawyer with Women's Legal Service in Brisbane, and is currently the National Law Reform Coordinator for Women's Legal Services Australia. She has previously been the principal lawyer at Women's Legal Service in Brisbane, and was one of the main authors of the Coordinated Family Dispute Resolution model.

Rachael Field

Rachael Field has been an Associate Professor in the QUT Law School since 2012. Rachael was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation in 2008 and was made an ALTC Teaching Fellow in 2010. She has published widely in her areas of research interest, which include dispute resolution, the first year experience, women and the law and family law. Rachael has been a member of the Women's Legal Service, Brisbane Management Committee, since 1994 and has been President of the Service since 2004.

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